Thursday, April 1, 2010
FT Takes Over Managent of ETC
FT, which faced competition from South Africa’s MTN Group and Indian state-owned telco Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) for the ETC management contract, will now be tasked with implementing the government’s ambitious plans to expand telecom services nationwide. The state has said that it wants basic telecom services made available within a radius of five kilometres to 100% of the population by the end of 2010
The government has set aside USD2 billion over a two-year period to expand the infrastructure, aiming to boost the number of Points of Presence (PoP) it has from 1,900 at end-2006 to 17,000 by end-2010. ETC is also aiming to increase fixed line subscribers to four million and mobile customers to 8.5 million by that date.